Written by Staff Writer
17 Jul, 2015 | 2:54 pm
The Supreme Court decided yesterday to examine the Fundamental Rights petition filed against the Uma Oya Multi Purpose Project on August 12.
The case was taken up for examination by a three-member bench comprising of Justices Chandra Ekanayake, Priyasad Depp and Eva Wanasundara.
The Fundamental Rights petition was filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice, and four individuals, including M.D.P. Manatunga, who are residents of the Bandarawela area who have been victimised as a result of the Uma Oya Multi Purpose Project.
The petitioners claim that as a result of the Uma Oya Project, not only have their homes and crops been destroyed, but that they have lost access to clean drinking water, citing this as a violation of their Fundamental Rights.
Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, N. Rupasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigations and Agriculture, the Central Environment Authority and the Attorney General have been named as respondents.
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